VIPs: Very Important Passengers
Photo: Peter Nixon
Indeed, an FEI crew was given the rare opportunity to be present during the departure of 13 horses from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam and 24 horses from Stansted Airport near London. From the arrival of the horses from their quarantines - some personally acccompanied by their riders who could barely speak so moved were they by the fact that their "boys" and "girls" were travelling all by themselves like grown ups - to their unloading, pre-flight exercise and llight snacks, loading into specially approved flight stalls, loading into the aircraft and all the way to the spectacular take off - we saw it all. The horses trravel all by themselves? Not quite. They are accompanied by experienced crews of grooms especially trained to take care of their inmates in flight conditions.
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